Why we're here:
This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive or record live broadcast television programmes then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Cancelling Your TV Licence


Now that the dust has settled on the Scottish Independence Referendum result, we thought we'd take the opportunity to give some advice about how to cancel a TV licence.

Reading around it appears that many supporters of Yes Scotland are dissatisfied at what they perceive as the BBC's biased coverage of the whole referendum campaign. Last weekend thousands of "Yes" campaigners marched on BBC Scotland's HQ at Pacific Quay in Glasgow to voice their opposition. Thousands more have vowed to cancel their TV licence in protest.

Cancelling an annual TV licence
If you pay for your TV licence in full every year - be that by cheque/postal order, BACS or credit/debit card - then you should contact TV Licensing and tell them that you will no longer be receiving TV programmes on any sort of equipment and therefore your property will not require a TV licence. 

TV Licensing is a very suspicious organisation, so it will undoubtedly press you for information about the reasons you are cancelling. The easiest option is to tell them that you are emigrating. If they ask for proof, as they arrogantly assume they can, then tell them you are moving to live with family overseas or joining the secretive French Foreign Legion.

You should be able to claim a refund on any unused calendar quarters of your TV licence coverage.

Cancelling a TV licence paid by Direct Debit
If you pay for your TV licence by quarterly Direct Debit (read more about the TV Licensing quarterly Direct Debit scam) then you should contact TV Licensing and tell them that you will no longer be receiving TV programmes on any sort of equipment and therefore your property will not require a TV licence. 

As mentioned earlier, TV Licensing may attempt to find out your reasons for cancellation and it is easiest to tell them you are emigrating.

If you pay for your TV licence by monthly Direct Debit (read more about the TV Licensing monthly Direct Debit scam) then you should contact TV Licensing and tell them that you will no longer be receiving TV programmes on any sort of equipment and therefore your property will not require a TV licence. 

As mentioned earlier, TV Licensing may attempt to find out your reasons for cancellation and it is easiest to tell them you are emigrating. In the case of monthly Direct Debit you will be entitled to a refund, as payment for the first licence was made 6-months in advance. 

It is very important that you tell TV Licensing your reasons for cancelling any Direct Debit mandate before you actually do. If you cancel the Direct Debit at the bank/building society without telling TV Licensing beforehand, then they sometimes instigate debt-collection proceedings.

Cancelling a TV licence paid by payment/savings card
If you pay for your TV licence by payment/savings card then you should contact TV Licensing and tell them that you will no longer be receiving TV programmes on any sort of equipment and therefore your property will not require a TV licence. 

As mentioned earlier, TV Licensing may attempt to find out your reasons for cancellation and it is easiest to tell them you are emigrating.

It is unlikely any refund will be due to anyone paying by this method.

After Cancellation
Be aware that shortly after cancelling your TV licence, your property will start to receive TV Licensing's monthly threatogram letters. There is much more information about how to deal with TV Licensing threatograms elsewhere within our blog.

Remember that a TV licence is required for those properties where equipment is used to receive TV programmes at the same time as they are broadcast to other members of the general public. Anyone who cancels their TV licence would be committing an offence if they continued to receive TV programmes within their unlicensed property.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Scottish TV Licensing Goon Enjoying Her Work


Over the years we have encountered some very strange behaviour by TV Licensing goons.

We have seen them hopping on one leg, pretending to make phone calls, spying through windows and generally scurrying for cover faster than rats seeing a Rentokil van.

In today's video we have another TV Licensing weirdo. The occupier tells her "I'm filming this by the way" and she replies "thank you" using facial expressions rarely seen since Monica Lewinsky was invited to admire Bill Clinton's cigar collection in the Oval Office.

In common with a lot of TV Licensing goons, this aircraft blonde is very reluctant to follow TV Licensing policy and confirm her identity.

A TV licence is only needed for those properties where equipment is used to receive TV programme services. Anyone who doesn't legally need a TV licence - just like the occupier in this case - is under no legal obligation at all to communicate or co-operate with TV Licensing. 

We strongly recommend that legally-licence-free occupiers passively film any TV Licensing goon that appears on their doorstep and closes the door at the earliest opportunity.

Edit (19/9/14): It appears some YouTube commentators have noticed a striking resemblance between this particular goon and the character Garth from Wayne's World. Now that you mention it...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

BBC Bosses Down, Expenses Up


The BBC claims to have reduced the number of senior managers by 5.7% in the last year.

This reduction has led to salary savings of 5.4%, according to a statement published on the BBC website a few days ago.

Between August 2009 and September 2014 the BBC reduced its overall senior manager headcount by 230 from 640 to 410 (36%) and the senior manager pay bill by £27.4m from £78.5m to £51.1m (35%). This translates to an average BBC senior manager salary of £125k, which is almost five times the UK average salary and compares quite favorably to the Prime Minister's £142k.

A BBC spokesperson said: "Since August 2009 the BBC has reduced senior manager headcount and pay bill by over a third. We’ll keep driving down costs whilst making sure we have the right people in the right jobs and are giving audiences the best programmes and services."

Director General Tony Hall vowed to improve efficiency at the scandal-ridden Corporation when he took up the top job last year. This news would seem to suggest the BBC is actually heading in the right direction by reining in spending.

But before anyone gets too excited at the prospect of BBC financial integrity, a quick glance at last week's Telegraph paints a very different picture.

According to that article the amount spent by BBC fat cats rose by 7% to almost £700k under Hall’s leadership. Worthy of special mention is Commercial Director Bal Samra, who claimed more than £7k on taxis in the last year despite receiving a basic salary of £315k.

A BBC spokesman told the Telegraph: "There are essential costs incurred in the running of a major broadcasting organisation which will always fluctuate, but we are mindful we are spending public money and aim to drive down costs wherever possible.

"We’re saving money by reducing the number and total pay bill of senior managers."

Andy Silvester, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: "Licence-fee payers will be furious that their hard-earned cash is being spent not on high-quality programming but on senior management’s astronomical expense bill."

We are in little doubt that the BBC bloaters claiming these massive expenses will think they are fully justified in doing so. They are probably salving their consciences with the notion that the BBC is no worse off, given the 36% fall in managerial headcount over the last 5 years.

There has never been a better time to cancel your TV licence.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Capita TV Licensing In Goon Recruitment Drive


Have you ever wanted a job where you can threaten people in their own homes, bully money from the vulnerable and infirm and pretend you have more powers than you actually do?

Unfortunately ISIS isn't holding its next UK recruitment drive until the new year.

In the meantime Capita TV Licensing, which is contracted to administer and enforce the TV licence system on behalf of the BBC, is waiting to hear from you.

No qualifications, life experience, personality or communication skills? Don't worry, as none of these are essential prerequisites of working for the nation's most despised revenue generation racket. Every day we see videos of TV Licensing goons barely able to string a coherent sentence together.

Got a criminal record? Never fear, as that won't automatically bar you from TV Licensing employment either, even though you'll be visiting the homes of some of the most vulnerable people in society. 

TV Licensing has even employed fraudsters and rapists in the past, so a few minor misdemeanours are neither here nor there. A proven track record of obtaining results through deception might even enhance your application, as a significant part of the role is trying to sell TV licences to people who don't legally need them. Technically speaking, a TV licence is only required for those properties where equipment is used to receive TV programmes, but if that's your attitude then this job's probably not for you.

You'll be working in a challenging sales environment, as according to the BBC's own figures more than four out of five people who claim they don't need a TV licence are actually telling the truth.

TV Licensing goons have a minimum performance target of obtaining one "Code 8" prosecution statement every hour. If they don't make the grade they face the real prospect of disciplinary action and ultimately dismissal; if they exceed that target they face the real prospect of earning healthy commission payments on top of their modest basic salary.

Is it any wonder we see so many examples of TV Licensing goons telling lies, hard selling and behaving aggressively as they visit legitimately licence-free properties?

Make no mistake that TV Licensing goons are incentivised to achieve results by whatever means necessary. 

Their livelihoods depend on it.